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Top 3 Money Transfer Providers for UK to South Africa

Provider Amount To Send Fee Exchange Rate Speed
OFX (UK) OFX (UK) GBP £200.00 No Fee 23.4829 1-3 days more...
Azimo Azimo GBP £200.00 No Fee 23.3405 1-5 days more...
WorldRemit WorldRemit GBP £200.00 No Fee 23.2457 0-0 days more...
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Latest prices for transferring money from UK to South Africa
Exchange Rates as of 25 July 2024, 04:53


Est. 1998

OFX (previously UKForex in the UK), provides secure and speedy international money transfers to over 300,000 people in 55 currencies at better-than-bank rates

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Amount Received
ZAR R 4,696.57
GBP £14.95
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Est. 2012

Azimo is an online only provider with a focus on mobile money transfers. They also work with the top global banks and payment providers to ensure the safe delivery of your money and payout globally.

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Amount Received
ZAR R 4,668.11
GBP £13.75
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Est. 2009

Use the code '3FREE' and pay no fees on your first three money transfers

WorldRemit is an online service that lets people send money to friends and family living abroad, using a computer, smartphone or tablet.

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Amount Received
ZAR R 4,649.13
GBP £12.95
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Currency Solutions

Est. 2003

Currency exchange specialists ranking No.1 on Trustpilot for the past two years

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Amount Received
ZAR R 4,461.75
GBP £5.05
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Western Union

Est. 1851

The Western Union Company is a financial services and communications company based in the United States.

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Amount Received
ZAR R 4,505.15
GBP £6.88
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Est. 2004

MoneyGram is a leading remittance provider serving countries across the globe.


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Amount Received
ZAR R 4,509.78
GBP £7.08
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Est. 1979

One-off payments | Regular payments | Great rates | Safeguarded customer funds

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Amount Received
ZAR R 4,586.51
GBP £10.31
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Rates From The Average UK High Street Bank

Est. 1934

Banks are the most expensive way to do an international money transfer, the quotes from the providers above show you the typical savings that can be made. All providers on are regulated in the UK  by the FCA, in the USA by FinCEN, In Canada SSC and Australia, ASIC.

We check all rates regularly and this quote is an actual quote of the average from UK banks for this past month. It includes all major and some smaller banks. Bank of Scotland, Barclays, Co-operative Bank, HSBC UK, Halifax, Lloyds Bank, Monzo, NatWest, Nationwide, Santander GB, Starling Bank- tracked every month. For more information on how the price comparisons are calculated, see our IMTI page.

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Amount Received
ZAR R 4,374.08
GBP £1.35
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How to Transfer Money from UK to South Africa

UK to South Africa Guide


South Africa is the United Kingdom’s largest trade partner in Africa and the two also share strong historical, cultural, and linguistic ties. Trade relations between European Union member states and South Africa are governed by the 1999 Trade, Development, and Cooperation Agreement (TDCA). The South African rand is a free-floating currency, however, despite increased economic liberalization since the end of apartheid, there are still many restrictions that limit the ability to send money internationally, both to and from South Africa. When transferring money from the UK to South Africa, your best option is to enlist the services of a specialist currency broker.

Colonial ties

South Africa is a former British colony and as a result of this relationship there are many South African nationals living in the UK as well as there are a large number of UK nationals or people of British descent living in South Africa. Currently, there are more than 300,000 British nationals living in South Africa.

Visas and immigration

UK nationals visiting South Africa for a period of 90 days or less do not need a visa. If travelling to South Africa from a country where yellow fever is a risk, you will be required to present a yellow fever certificate issued within 10 days of your arrival. Your passport should be valid for at least 30 days beyond the date you intend to leave South Africa. Beginning June 1, 2015, all minors (those under the age of 18) will be required to produce an unabridged birth certificate in addition to their passport in order to travel to South Africa.

To work in South Africa, UK nationals are required to obtain a work permit before beginning work within the country. Accompanying family members will need visas but can remain in the country on temporary residence permits until long term visas are retained. For more information on visas and requirements for travel, contact the South African Department of Home Affairs.

Money transfer restrictions

The South Africa Reserve Bank (SARB) places several restrictions on international currency transfers with the South African rand. Citizens and permanent residents of South Africa are allowed to transfer up to R1 million over the course of a one year period without having to receive clearance from the South African Revenue Service (SARS). This can be in the form of loans, foreign investments, business payments, or for the purchase of luxury items. An additional allowance of R4 million can be transferred for purposes of foreign investment. These transactions must be get approval from both the SARS and SARB, however.

Foreign exchange transfers into South Africa can be transferred back out of the country but the transfer of funds must be validated. It is therefore important to keep a record of any currency transfers into or out of South Africa. You must also provide additional documents if your funds are related to the purchase of a property in South Africa. UK nationals living in South Africa may temporarily transfer all funds related to the purchase or sale of property in South Africa, as well as any income earned through renting, though extra documentation is required. For very large forex transfers the exchange rate control department of the central bank may request a staggering of payments in order to maintain the stability of the exchange rate.

Buying property in South Africa

Purchasing property in South Africa as a foreigner can be complicated. It is advisable to enlist the help of a speculator as well as a specialized property lawyer with knowledge of local real estate law and processes. Those purchasing property in South Africa will be subject to taxes based on the cost of the particular property. For properties worth at least R600,000, the tax rate is 3%. These rates then increase up to a marginal rate of 8%. You should factor in these additional charges before you transfer money from the UK to South Africa.

Banking in South Africa

South Africa has a sophisticated banking system. There are many local and international banks for UK expats to choose from, all of which offer a range of services and competitive rates. The top four banks in South Africa are First National Bank, ABSA (owned by Barclays), Nedbank, and Standard Bank. There are also private banks, such as Rand Merchant Bank and Investec. Opening a bank account in South Africa is fairly easy and requires a valid picture ID and proof of a local address in South Africa. A common practice for expats is to have an offshore account for savings and an account within South Africa to cover living expenses.

Taxation in South Africa

South African residents are usually taxed on all income they earn worldwide, whereas non-residents are taxed solely on income earned in South Africa. The UK and South Africa have a double taxation agreement, effective since January 1, 2003. More information can be found on the website of HM Revenue and Customs. It is advisable to engage the services of a tax agent to navigate the specifics of the South African system of taxation.

Trade with South Africa

Since 2012, the UK remains one of the leading investors in South Africa. Precious stones, vehicles, mechanical products and machinery, mineral products, base metals, beverages and prepared food items, are the top exports from South Africa to the UK. Exports from the UK to South Africa are comprised mainly of mechanical appliances, turbo jets, vehicles (including vessels and aircraft), turbo propellers, electrical equipment, gas turbines, and chemicals. Trade between the UK and South Africa is expected to grow through 2015.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are the money transfer companies shown above safe to use?

Yes, all the companies are safe and fully-regulated money transfer services. Each are authorised and regulated by the relevant authority such as the Financial Conduct Authority(FCA) in the UK, FinCEN in the US, FinTRAC in Canada or ASIC in Australia.

How long does an international money transfer take?

The speed of delivery will depend on where the money is being from and to and how you are sending and receiving the money. Transfers sent using bank to bank transfers can depend take anywhere from minutes to days and you should check the time estimates from the relevant provider. Debit and credit card payments sometimes allow for faster transfers for smaller amounts.

How do I use FXcompared?

First review the comparison results (such as for a table above) for a given amount of money sending from UK to South Africa. Then select a provider based on factors such as price, speed, their rating and click the green button to be taken to their website. From there, you can register and sign up for an account. Once you have done that and the provider has verified your identity to ensure the money can be send safely, you will be ready to transfer money.

What payments methods can I use to send money overseas?

The results shown above are typically for bank to bank transfers. It is possible via some providers to pay in your funds for the transfer via cash, debit or credit cards as well but this is usually reserved for smaller amounts. Some providers also give you different options for how the money will be received - to a bank account (most common), to a debit card, to cash or to a digital or mobile wallet.

What if the price shown above isn’t exactly what I am offered when I try to transfer money?

There can be a number of reasons why the final price you are offered may be different to that shown in the table above. Exchange rates between two currencies change all the time and is the most common reason. Additionally, some providers offer different pricing depending what method you are using to send funds or how the funds will be received. Others may offer you a premium service for faster payments. In some cases FXcompared has a special rate with a provider and this is reserved for first time customers who sign up to the provider starting from FXcompared’s website. As prices do change often, be sure to confirm the total cost with the provider before transferring money.

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